The Little Staycation.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen the absolute disaster at our house. We are mid renovation and currently, we don’t even have a kitchen. We were 3 weeks in with 3 weeks to go until the kitchen installation and we were all going insane. We decided to take advantage of the Australia Day extra long weekend and take a quick staycation 30 mins down the road from our house, in Broadbeach.

Why, Oh WHY didn’t we do it sooner?
It was exactly what we all needed and everyone left relaxed, recharged and ready to tackle the new year with a smile.

We chose the ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach Apartments.
With a family of 5 we need some serious space, we booked a Sky Villa and we were absolutely thrilled. Ours had 3 bedrooms so we could all have some privacy.

Mummy and Daddy's room.
Mummy and Daddy’s room.
Lucy was quick to grab this room!
Lucy was quick to grab this room!
Orly was over the moon he got to share a room with Bella for a couple of days!
Orly was over the moon he got to share a room with Bella for a couple of days!

Apart from having enough bedrooms, we were just craving a little bit of luxury for a couple of days. From the fully equipped kitchen (it was bliss having a kitchen) to those amazing views, it was sophisticated luxury throughout the entire apartment.

The living areas were expansive, light filled and contemporary.

A fully equipped kitchen overlooks the living area and out to the ocean.
The comfortable living area.
The comfortable living area (wish I’d fixed the cushions on the couch after tornado Orly).
Dining for 8 in air conditioning, or spill out onto the balcony for an alfresco meal.
Dining for 8 in air conditioning, or spill out onto the balcony for an alfresco meal.

Our whole family finds water relaxing, I knew these beachfront apartments would have nice views, but I never imagined you would be able to see all the way from one end of the Gold Coast to the other, absolutely magic!

Looking Left!
Looking Left!
Looking Right!
Looking Right!
The view from the second floor of our apartment, a huge window wall looking out to the ocean, MAGIC!
The view from the second floor of our apartment, a huge window wall looking out to the ocean, MAGIC!

My other requirement for a getaway was that we didn’t have to drive anywhere for a couple of days.
Air on Broadbeach is centrally located in Broadbeach right in the middle of dozens of fabulous restaurants which made Mummy and Daddy happy, just 5 minutes on the G-link light rail to Pacific Fair shopping centre which made the teenagers happy and a 2 minute walk to the beach which made Orly very happy.
Everyone wins!
The other thing that is really great about having everything so close is I felt quite comfortable feeding the kids early and then leaving them in the apartment with a movie while hubby and I snuck downstairs for a few drinks and a quiet dinner.

There is also a supermarket just downstairs too, so if you would prefer to cook your own meals, or just have fresh fruit on standby for breakfast, it’s a quick ride down in the lift.

Fresh fruits for snacking on, funny how the sea air makes you want to eat fresh fruit!
Fresh fruits for snacking on, funny how the sea air makes you want to eat fresh fruit!

So what did we do?
We ate, slept in, swam, laughed, shopped and enjoyed each others company.
No one was grumpy or snapping at each other. Everyone was smiling and getting along. If you are a Mum you will understand how special those words are, to see your 3 kids giggling and playing together is heartwarming.

It was great having a kids pool and an adults pool, much more relaxing for Mummy when I didn't have to worry about Orly in the deep water!
It was great having a kids pool and an adults pool, much more relaxing for Mummy when I didn’t have to worry about Orly in the deep water!
Bella, my mermaid enjoying the cool pool.
Bella, my mermaid enjoying the cool pool.
That was the plan! Tire out this little one so Mummy and Daddy could have a quiet night together!
That was the plan! Tire out this little one so Mummy and Daddy could have some quiet time!

Vacations just have a way of making everyone happy.
I can’t wait to do it again soon!

Do you need a staycation?
The friendly faces at ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach have offered all my readers 10% off, just follow this link and book yourself a getaway, you deserve it!
CLICK HERE!

Happy Vacationing!

Hayley x

Getting your outdoors summer ready.

Summer in Australia means entertaining outdoors.
I like to think of my outdoor areas as another room of the house. Currently we just have an alfresco dining area, I’m working on an outdoor living area on the balcony for later in the renovation.

I have an outdoor dining suite. It is synthetic white wicker and even though it is about 6 years old it is still in pretty good shape, except for the cushions. The cushions were stained, discoloured and the foam had gone all flat, not very stylish, or comfortable!

Can you believe I actually considered getting an entire new outdoor setting just because the cushions were shabby?
Don’t get me wrong, I had considered new cushions, but mine are a funny shape so I couldn’t just buy new ones ‘off the rack’. I also thought about having new ones made, but the thought of going to one place to have new foam cut, then another place to find a fabric, then taking it all to an upholsterer to have it made not only sounded like an absolute mission, but it also sounded rather expensive.

That’s until I heard of a local business, Century Foam and Rubber, who were advertising that they are ‘your one stop covering shop’. They supply the foam, cut it to size, supply a fabulous range of good quality fabrics, and have an upholsterer on site to complete your new cushion/s for you. I thought it was worth checking out …

So, you take in your old cushions, choose your new foam (if required, you can re-use your existing foam) … yes there are different levels of comfort and density to choose from, choose your fabric (or you can take your own) and they look after everything!
They stock Warwick fabrics and the outdoor SUNDEC range is really beautiful. It is made to withstand sunlight exposure, mould, mildew, chlorine and everything the Aussie outdoors throw at it. If by some miracle you can’t find a Warwick fabric you like, they are located in the Spotlight centre, the friendly staff at Century Foam and Rubber will tell you how much fabric you need and you can pop down to Spotlight and buy something else.

My eyes immediately went to the blue fabrics, surprise surprise, and I chose this gorgeous design …

Have a look at my outdoor dining chairs before, stained, grubby, flat and decidedly U-G-L-Y!

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And after!

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I cannot tell you how chuffed I am with the make over!

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This is why I am so obsessed with cushions, they make such a dramatic difference to every living space. They add colour, pattern, personality and most importantly … comfort.
I just need to add a great big outdoor rug and this will feel like an another room in my home.

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Oh, and just so you know, they don’t just do outdoor cushions, they do so much more.
They also do indoor cushions and have an equally beautiful range of fabrics for inside use.
They can do cushions for your day beds and bench seats with matching bolsters and scatter cushions.
What about some box floor cushions? A floor mat for the kids to play on?
They can even make you a fancy dog bed!

You can check them out here and tell them I sent you!

It’s easy peasy, and surprisingly affordable!

I’m thrilled with my new ‘custom’ look and I got brownie points from hubby for the budget = winning!

I have to go now, I’m going to hunt down a fabulous second hand cane lounge suite to have revamped for my balcony.

Happy cushioning!

Hayley x